As Owner and Managing Director of the company I have a passion for travel. I have been working in the travel industry for over 30 years, at first in the Alps and the Med and now in our head office in Bournemouth. When you work in the travel industry, every day is different, with new challenges and adventures arising all the time.
Having visited Sicily many times over the last few years it was the natural choice for our next destination, I particularly enjoyed my trip in October 2015 when I was able to experience the cultural side of Sicily as well as the wonderful food and pretty towns. I can’t wait to go back...
After founding the company with my husband Huw in 2000, I found myself naturally marketing the company through my love and in depth knowledge of Sardinia and Corsica. This stemmed from living in Sardinia for a couple of years and visiting Corsica many times and wanting to expand the English market to these stunning Mediterranean islands.
We have subsequently also expanded our collection to include Sicily which I have now visited a couple of times and toured extensively to offer our customers suitable hotels, villas, apartments and rural retreats throughout the island.
I am involved in writing our brochures and websites, PR and marketing Just Sardinia, Just Corsica and Just Sicily.
I joined Just Sicily as Financial Controller in 2015 after spending nearly thirty years in similar positions in the Catering and Hospitality sector.
As a long-time admirer of the Italian culture and way of life and regular visitor to the mainland I am now enjoying discovering the beauty and laid back charm of both Sicily and Sardinia.
I joined the team at Just Sardinia almost 10 years ago working in the Accounts Department. I had previously worked in the banking industry for 22 years so enjoyed working with figures, I also love travelling abroad so working in the Accounts Department for a Tour Operator is the ideal job for me!
A couple of years ago we ventured into Sicily. Sicily is renowned for its history and archaeology, not to mention its amazing food! I am very much looking forward to visiting Sicily sometime in the next year to explore this beautiful Island.
My time with the company began with me 'helping out' for 2 weeks, which was 15 years ago now. Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the company grow, meet some wonderful people, make some lifelong friends and visit Sardinia more times than I can remember.
My job role has evolved so much, from Administration and Reservations to my current and longest role as Operations Manager. I love dealing directly with our lovely suppliers in Sardinia, Sicily and Corsica as well as my involvement in the product development, our brochures, websites and marketing.
Having recently visited Sicily I am looking forward to getting to know the island better, I love how rich it is in history and culture yet it still has a beautiful coastline and a great selection of lovely beaches plus the food and wine are to die for!
LucyI started here helping out over the summer nearly 12 years ago, since then I have worked in Administration and Reservations and now am busy in our Marketing and Operations department which varies day to day, keeping in contact with our suppliers overseas, putting together our brochures and ensuring our websites are up to date.
I’ve been at Just Sardinia for the past 13 years and currently manage our Administration Department. I was delighted when we decided to add Sicily to our collection being another Italian island I felt it would suit our customers very well.
I spent a week in Sicily in October 2013 touring the majority of the island in warm sunshine and aside from the culture what impressed me beyond my expectations in Sicily was the food – some of the best I’ve ever had.
The Sicilian’s are incredibly passionate about sourcing the freshest local ingredients (a lot of hotels grow their own) and make the most specular flavours. You definitely need to diet after a holiday in Sicily!
I’ve been involved in the travel industry for the past 15 years and in the Reservations Department here for the last 10 years. I really value the in-depth knowledge of Sicily that I’ve acquired over the years and enjoy sharing this with anyone that will listen.
My favourite place on the island is Taormina and the area around it. It’s a great base to explore the northeast of the island with possible day trips to Mount Etna and the fertile countryside around it; to cultural Syracuse and even over to the volcanic Aeolian Islands. Taormina itself is a really beautiful town with a great choice of bars and restaurants, stylish shops and a roman amphitheatre which hosts frequent opera / concerts. There are fabulous views of the coast in one direction and Mount Etna in the other and it’s possible to get the cable car down to the pebble beaches.
My favourite place to stay here is Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo. It has the most wonderful position with amazing views of the coast and Mont Etna, is within easy walking distance of all Taormina’s amenities and even has a secret entrance to the Roman Amphitheatre behind it! The service is impeccable, the rooms are beautifully finished in a grand Sicilian style and if you fancy a day on the beach, a complimentary shuttle bus will take you down to the beach at sister hotel Belmont Villa Sant’Andrea where you can use their facilities.
I love eating in Sicily; the cuisine is more diverse than other places that I’ve been to in Italy with North African flavours influencing more traditional Italian dishes. The olive oil produced on the island is some of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted and the fresh fruits and veg that grow in the fertile volcanic earth and under the Sicilian sun are a world away from what I’m used to at home in the UK!
I’ve been working in the travel industry for about 9 years. I work in the reservations team and am probably the chattiest of the bunch! I love food and wine and enjoy visiting new countries to sample the local cuisine not to mention fitting in a bit of sunshine.
In my spare time I love dancing and spending time with my family. Sicily is such a vast island filled with lots of history and culture which really interest me. My favourite thing about Sicily is the cuisine!
I am a big foody and the amazing dishes you have prepared for you or even a simple arancini ball you can get as a snack are delicious.
Some of the beaches especially around San Vito Lo Capo look like you are in the Maldives.
For my own holiday I would like to stay somewhere simple such as Cefalu which has a charming old town, sandy beach, shopping and great restaurants all within walking distance. Palermo is great for short city break and to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle. Plus there are lots of great historical places to visit.
I am from Sicily and I started to work for the company in April 2015, thinking that it would have been just a summer internship but now I know that those first 6 months were just the beginning. I started working in the Administration department before moving in to the Reservations department in September, ready to help you in choosing a holiday to Sicily.
My beloved island, so different both from Sardinia and Corsica, is full of contrasts: surprising views including green hills and blue sea; big cities and little old towns full of history; archaeological sites (how not to mention the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento) and nature reserves (such as Lo Zingaro, in the north west, or the Mount Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe, situated in the mid-east).
If you are looking for a city break, Palermo, where I come from, will surprise you. Four places you must visit are: the impressive Cathedral, the stunning Teatro Massimo, the Arab-Norman itinerary (UNESCO heritage) which is the heart of the historical centre and Mondello beach, just 15 minutes from the city centre.
When I return to Sicily, I always try to go and have a walk around the charming Cefalù, with its beautiful beach, the Medieval Cathedral, its shops and good restaurants. But my favourite place ever is Taormina. Unique and romantic, overlooking the Mount Etna, it is a place you will fall in love with, especially at sunset.
Last but not least, Sicily is famous for its food: its fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, delicious desserts (you cannot miss a taste of Cannoli or Cassata while you are there), the well renowned street-food in Palermo and excellent wines (just have a glass of white Insolia or red Syrah and Nero D’Avola).
Sicily has something to offer to everyone and I cannot wait to inspire you for your next holiday to my beloved island.
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